© 2019 by THRIVING FAMILIES. 

OUR FRAMEWORK

HOW WE DO COMMUNITY WORK

We understand community as a living relationship between people and place. In order for families to thrive we believe our community needs to be a place of inclusiveness, connection and creativity. As part of our commitment Thriving Families works intentionally, not just with individuals, but also with whole communities and families. This means we are prepared to take our community work to the margins, to intentionally connect and create with people who are often overlooked and invisible in society. We like to grow ideas from the bottom-up, support families and women to better develop their own supports and resilience, and challenge the social structures that often impede equity and social change.

OUR FRAMEWORK

INCREASE FAMILY AGENCY:

  • Listening differently – for something other than just the ‘parenting role’ or ‘trouble’

  • Recognising the reciprocity in every relationship; "families are contributors when doing well and not well"

  • Reframing and challenging stereotypes and social norms

INCREASE FAMILY CONNECTIONS:

  • Working to reduce social isolation

  • Supporting family–to–family relationships

  • Sharing stories of hope

  • Modelling horizontal relationships

  • Hosting communal spaces

INCREASE FAMILY CAPACITY:

  • Positioning families in the driver’s seat as agents for change

  • Recognising families know best about families

  • Learning about different ways of doing ‘family’ together

USING RELATIONAL PRACTICE TO:

  • Dialogue for deeper shared understanding and meaning

  • 'Hold' and host space

  • 'Connect' families': multiple workers, multiple families, multiple settings

HOW WE SUPPORT THE INDIVIDUAL JOURNEY FOR FAMILIES

WALKING ALONGSIDE:

Holding space; authentic support; advocacy; system navigation; emotional support; transparency and consent; information sharing; referral pathways

WALKING INTO:

New knowledge and understanding; education and information; social groups; self discovery; peer-to-peer relationships; creative inspiration; mentor-ship; contribution; agency and empowerment; emancipation; hope

WALKING OUT OF:

Social isolation; exclusion; fixed expectations;  judgement; entrenched cycles; limiting stigmas;  norms and labels